15 Tips for Beating Laziness brought to you by contemporary retirement coaching

I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day. - Gene Perret

Okay... you worked hard all your life. No-one would deny that you deserve to finally relax and put your feet up.

You can, however, take rest and relaxation to the extreme - which can sometimes happen during the 'Disenchantment' stage of retirement (the 4th stage). Maybe you're starting to feel a bit bored or lonely. Maybe those fun activities you always wanted to have time to do don't feel so much fun when you have all the time in the world to do them and can do them every day. Maybe you've put on a few pounds and you're starting to feel sluggish or less like your old self. Maybe you feel like your energy retired at the same time you did and you're struggling to get going again. Maybe you've already achieved all the immediate goals that you set for your retirement and you're left feeling 'What's next?'.

The disenchantment phase can become a real problem for up to 20% of all retirees and can lead to depression if not managed correctly by identifying the causes of your dissatisfaction, dealing with them and then designing and implementing a satisfying and enjoyable retirement lifestyle for yourself.

But first we need to get you 'up and doing' again. Beating laziness is a necessary part of getting yourself out of the disenchantment stage.

Laziness can have a variety of causes. In most cases, the task that needs to be completed isn't enjoyable. Or you lack inspiration. Mowing the grass when it's 90 degrees outside is a good example of both.

Dealing with laziness is an important self-management skill. Getting things done when you don't feel like doing them is practically a superpower. It makes you unstoppable.

Here are some tips for beating laziness, getting yourself up and doing again and starting to accomplish more each day:

1. Take frequent, short breaks. Tell yourself that you'll work on a project or task for 25 minutes and then take a quick break. Focus with all your might for those 25 minutes, and then relax for five.

2. Be tough with yourself. Getting started requires the most willpower. Once you've started, it's easy to keep going. Grind your way through the first few minutes and then use the momentum to your advantage.

3. Stand up straight. Slouching and laziness go together. Stand up tall and straight. You'll feel better and more motivated.

4. Monitor your inner dialogue. Say positive things about the task at hand. Negative talk will stall your progress.

5. Stop thinking about it. When you think about doing an undesirable task, you feel uncomfortable. That's the reason you won't do it. So, don't think about it. Keep your mind on something else and get started.

6. Exercise. Keep it short and intense. Change your physiology, and your thoughts will change, too.

7. Use a timer. See how quickly you can complete the task. Make a game out of it. Another option is to set a timer for five minutes and see if you can perform the task for those five minutes without having even one negative thought. Timers are great for increasing focus.

8. Get rid of the distractions. Get away from the TV and lock your cell phone in a drawer.

9. Keep your mind on a single task. Ironically, when you have a lot to do, it can be hard to do anything at all. Keep your mind on one task and forget about the rest. When this task is complete, the others will still be there.

10. Think about how great you'll feel when you're done. Thinking about how dreadful the task will be is the best way to ensure that you won't do it anytime soon.

11. Be proud of getting your tasks completed. Most of us hate performing a task, and then feel neutral about getting it done. Get excited about completing these annoying tasks. Give yourself a pat on the back when they're completed.

12. Start with something easy. When faced with several things you don't want to do, start with the quickest and easiest. The sense of accomplishment will keep you going.

13. Make a to-do list. Cross the items off as they're completed and enjoy the progress you're making. There's something satisfying about marking items off a list.

14. Consider the benefits of the task. Will you get a house that you feel good about inviting people back to again? Get a date or dinner with an old friend you've been meaning to contact but never got around to? Have a freshly manicured lawn? Consider the benefits of the activity. Focus on these benefits and get started before your attention drifts.

15. Plan a reward at the end of the day. If you get everything completed, do something enjoyable. Meet a friend for dinner or rent a movie.

Laziness is a common dilemma in the disenchantment stage of retirement. It occurs when the motivation to do a task is insufficient. There are several causes of this, but the cause isn't important. Choose a few workable strategies to get you going and put them into action. You'll be pleasantly surprised at your results.

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